LinkedIn Thanks Their First Million Members as They Hit 100 Million

Mike Halsey MVP
Mar 25, 2011
Updated • Aug 30, 2011

 Business social networking website LinkedIn has sent emails to everyone of their first one million members, including myself, to thank them for being an "early adopter" and "help[ing] lead the way" with the adoption of new technologies.

In a clever marketing campaign they're even telling people what member number they were, in my case number 234,289.  In the personal email from Reid Hoffman, the co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn he said...

Dear Mike,I want to personally thank you because you were one of LinkedIn's first million members (member number 234289 in fact!*). In any technology adoption life cycle, there are the early adopters, those who help lead the way. That was you.

We hit a big milestone at LinkedIn this week when our 100 millionth member joined the site.

When we founded LinkedIn, our vision was to help the world's professionals be more successful and productive. Today, with your help, LinkedIn is changing the lives of millions of members by helping them connect with others, find jobs, get insights, start a business, and much more.

We are grateful for your support and look forward to helping you accomplish much more in the years to come. I hope that you are having a great year.

LinkedIn has become a very valuable and popular social networking site.  It's aimed at business users, helping people to network and make contact with like-minded people to aid with sales, leads and recruitment.  In that role it does indeed work very well.

This week, as stated in the email, the site hit 100 million members which, for a business only website, stacks up extremely well against the likes of Facebook with half a billion.  I'll still certainly be using LinkedIn (you can find me at mikehalseyuk if you're on there too) but this seems all the more impressive given that it's just about the only social network that still maintains a subscription service.

While you can join and use LinkedIn for free, if you are serious about using it as a business networking tool you'll need to pay

Here at gHacks we wish the site well as it attempts to reach its next milestone.


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  1. Rebecca Caroe said on March 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I got the email. And I think it’s nice but kinda misses a couple of important points.
    1 – why not give a free gift not just a thank you to us million members?
    2 – the email breaches CAN-SPAM regulations as it has no unsubscribe link and not company address details embedded….

    pretty poor show from a tleading echnology company.

  2. Simon B. said on March 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Did anybody else receive the email from LinkedIn? Or was this a phishing attempt specially targeted at mike?

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